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FEBRUARY 2000

PCD50A

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CUSTOMER Ordertoll-free in the U.S. 24 hours, 7 A.M. Monday to midnight Friday:877-877-BBOX SUPPORT FREE technical support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Call724-746-5500 or fax724-746-0746

INFORMATION Mail order:Black Box Corporation, 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, PA15055-1018Web site:www.blackbox.com E-mail:info@blackbox.com

A/C-7PRO,A/C-7SRO

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

AND

INDUSTRY CANADA

RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENTS

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the

manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interference to radio communication. It has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A computing device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of

Part 15 of FCC rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause interference, in which case the user at his own expense will be required to take whatever measures may be necessary to correct the interference.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emission from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulation of Industry Canada.

Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de classe A prescrites dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique publié par Industrie Canada.

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NORMAS OFICIALES MEXICANAS (NOM)

ELECTRICAL SAFETY STATEMENT

INSTRUCCIONES DE SEGURIDAD

1.Todas las instrucciones de seguridad y operación deberán ser leídas antes de que el aparato eléctrico sea operado.

2.Las instrucciones de seguridad y operación deberán ser guardadas para referencia futura.

3.Todas las advertencias en el aparato eléctrico y en sus instrucciones de operación deben ser respetadas.

4.Todas las instrucciones de operación y uso deben ser seguidas.

5.El aparato eléctrico no deberá ser usado cerca del agua—porejemplo, cerca de la tina de baño, lavabo, sótano mojado o cerca de una alberca, etc..

6.El aparato eléctrico debe ser usado únicamente con carritos o pedestales que sean recomendados por el fabricante.

7.El aparato eléctrico debe ser montado a la pared o al techo sólo como sea recomendado por el fabricante.

8.Servicio—Elusuario no debe intentar dar servicio al equipo eléctrico más allá a lo descrito en las instrucciones de operación. Todo otro servicio deberá ser referido a personal de servicio calificado.

9.El aparato eléctrico debe ser situado de tal manera que su posición no interfiera su uso. La colocación del aparato eléctrico sobre una cama, sofá, alfombra o superficie similar puede bloquea la ventilación, no se debe colocar en libreros o gabinetes que impidan el flujo de aire por los orificios de ventilación.

10.El equipo eléctrico deber ser situado fuera del alcance de fuentes de calor como radiadores, registros de calor, estufas u otros aparatos (incluyendo amplificadores) que producen calor.

11.El aparato eléctrico deberá ser connectado a una fuente de poder sólo del tipo descrito en el instructivo de operación, o como se indique en el aparato.

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12.Precaución debe ser tomada de tal manera que la tierra fisica y la polarización del equipo no sea eliminada.

13.Los cables de la fuente de poder deben ser guiados de tal manera que no sean pisados ni pellizcados por objetos colocados sobre o contra ellos, poniendo particular atención a los contactos y receptáculos donde salen del aparato.

14.El equipo eléctrico debe ser limpiado únicamente de acuerdo a las recomendaciones del fabricante.

15.En caso de existir, una antena externa deberá ser localizada lejos de las lineas de energia.

16.El cable de corriente deberá ser desconectado del cuando el equipo no sea usado por un largo periodo de tiempo.

17.Cuidado debe ser tomado de tal manera que objectos liquidos no sean derramados sobre la cubierta u orificios de ventilación.

18.Servicio por personal calificado deberá ser provisto cuando:

A:El cable de poder o el contacto ha sido dañado; u

B:Objectos han caído o líquido ha sido derramado dentro del aparato; o

C:El aparato ha sido expuesto a la lluvia; o

D:El aparato parece no operar normalmente o muestra un cambio en su desempeño; o

E:El aparato ha sido tirado o su cubierta ha sido dañada.

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TRADEMARKS

Centronics® is a registered trademark of GENICOM Corporation. Epson® is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.

IBM®, Proprinter®, and IPDSare registered trademarks or trademarks of IBM Corporation.

Hewlett-Packard®,HP®, LaserJet®, and PCL® are registered trademarks ofHewlett-Packard.

OKIDATA® is a registered trademark of Oki America, Inc.

Mannesmann Tally® is a registered trademark of Mannesmann Tally Corporation.

All applied-forand registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Contents

Chapter

 

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1. Specifications...................................................................................................

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2. Introduction ..................................................................................................

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2.1

Description of Front Panels .................................................................

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2.2

About this User’s Guide .......................................................................

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2.3

Unpacking.............................................................................................

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3. Installation

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Power On/Off Sequence ............................................................................

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4. Configuration................................................................................................

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4.1

A/C-7RO Configuration .....................................................................

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4.2

Configuration Switch Settings .............................................................

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4.3

Setup Software (does not apply to versions after Feb. 1996).............

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4.4

Host/PC Download Command Overview...........................................

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4.5

Restoring Factory Defaults ...................................................................

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5. Operation

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5.1

Printer Sharing .....................................................................................

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5.2

Parallel/Serial Port Initialization ........................................................

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5.3

Host Port Initialization.........................................................................

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5.4

Print Position and Page Length...........................................................

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5.5

Laser Printing .......................................................................................

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5.6

Computer Output Reduction (COR) .................................................

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5.7

Automatic Print Orientation (APO) ...................................................

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5.8

Generic Mode .......................................................................................

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6. Advanced Features ........................................................................................

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6.1

Command PassThru.............................................................................

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6.2

Custom User Strings.............................................................................

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6.3

SCS Mode Transparent Data ...............................................................

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6.4

Color Printing.......................................................................................

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6.5

Printing Bar Codes ...............................................................................

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6.6

I-OGraphics Language ........................................................................

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6.6.1 I-OGraphics Language Overview .............................................

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6.6.2

Helpful Hints..............................................................................

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6.6.3

Basic Description........................................................................

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6.7

I-OGraphic Language (IOGL) in Action.........................................

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6.7.1

General Steps............................................................................

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Tutorial .....................................................................................

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6.7.3 X- and Y-Axes............................................................................

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Linking Graphical Output to a Host Application ............................

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6.9

Printing Images from the Host..........................................................

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7. Troubleshooting .........................................................................................

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7.1

Interface Self-Test...............................................................................

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7.2

EBCDIC Hex Dump ...........................................................................

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ASCII Hex Dump ...............................................................................

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7.4

Problem Resolution Guide ................................................................

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Appendix A: Font (FGID) Reference for HP LaserJet Printers ..................

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Appendix B: Character Sets...........................................................................

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Appendix C: Serial Port Pinnings .................................................................

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Appendix D: Parallel Port Pinnings..............................................................

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Appendix E: Transferring Power to Pin 18 ..................................................

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1. Specifications

Emulation—IBM® 3812, 4214, 4224, 3287, 3262, and 3268 printers(non-IPDS)

Systems Supported—ASCII printer, IBM® 30XX, 43XX, 937X host, or 3174, 3274, or 3276 controller

Indicators—(5)LEDs: Power,

Host line, Sync, Printer Online,

Data from Host, Data Out

Connectors—PCD50A,PCD50AE:

(1) BNC, (1) DB25 female,

(1) 36-pinCentronics®; PCD51A, PCD51AE: (1) BNC,

(1) DB25 female, (1) DB25 male

Power—9VAC wallmount transformer

Size—6.5"Hx 2.1"W x 5.1"D (16.5 x 5.3 x 13 cm)

Weight—3lb. (1.4 kg)

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2. Introduction

The A/C-7PRO and theAC-7SRO are powerful, yeteasy-to-operateexternal printer interfaces. You can easily set them up throughon-boardconfiguration switches or Host/PC download commands.

The A/C-7PRO andA/C-7SRO attach virtually any ASCII printer to an IBM 30XX, 43XX, 937X host, or 3174, 3274 or 3276 controller. They offer reliable emulations of IBM 3812, 4214, 4224, 3287, 3262 and 3268 printers (allnon-IPDS™).When connected to a laser printer

operating in PCL® mode, theA/C-7RO allows Computer Output Reduction (COR) and Automatic Page Orientation (APO). In addition, paper can be pulled from several sources and a multitude of fonts(printer-residentor from optional cartridges) are supported.

The A/C-7PRO comes with a standard parallel sharing port that allows automatic sharing of the attached printer between the host and a PC or LAN. TheA/C-7SRO comes with a standard serial sharing port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.1 Description of Front Panels

CONFIGURATIONSWITCHES

The Configuration Switches are used to set the output protocol and to perform the available test and diagnostic functions. While the A/C- 7P RO models come with only one bank of switches, the A/C-7SRO comes with two banks of eight switches. The left bank is labeled SW1; the right bank is labeled SW2.

LEDS

The green LED lights indicate the following:

Host Line Sync—Communicationlines between the host and the interface are established.

Printer Online—Theprinter is ready to receive data.

Data From Host—TheA/C-7RO is currently processing data received from the coax host.

Data From Parallel/Serial—The A/C-7 RO is currently receiving data from an attached PC or LAN. PC download commands are processed, other data is transmitted to the printer.

Power—TheA/C-7RO is powered on.

On/Off Switch—TheOn/Off switch is used to power on or power off theA/C-7RO. Use this switch when asked to cycle power.

2.2 About This User’s Guide

Since this user’s guide covers two A/C-7RO models, includingA/C-7PRO andA/C-7SRO.

2.3 Unpacking

Check the packaging for water or physical damage, and notify the carrier immediately if there is any damage.

Keep the original packaging in case you need to move or ship the A/C-7RO.

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